COVID-19 is believed to be similar to SARS-CoV which has originated from bats and got transmitted to civets and then humans. According to a study published on 3 February 2020, genome sequence obtained from COVID-19 patients were found to be 76.6 per cent identical to SARS-Cov. The study also shows that the whole-genome level of COVID-19 is 96 per cent identical to bat coronavirus. This gives insight that the outbreak of COVID-19 can be associated with bats.  … [Read more...] about Why Bats Themselves Don’t Get Infected By Viruses
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I was at a lot of ramp ceremonies in Afghanistan. A ramp ceremony is when they load the casket of a soldier on a plane to repatriate it. Words are said, and the base says its farewells. At one point, they would read out the names of those killed that week every Friday. We were constantly reminded of death and the dangers we faced. I wish I could tell you how to prepare for these grim reminders that I think are coming, but all I can say is find a way to cope. … [Read more...] about Seven Military Strategies for Coping with Social Distancing
5) Don’t attempt resilience and post-traumatic growth now—it’s not possible. We have not yet begun to experience the full impact of this pandemic. The physical, emotional, and financial costs are going to be with us for a long time. There will be opportunities to grow, change, and learn lessons. But now is the time for us to get through the actual event. Now is the time to stay safe, try to breathe, try to take care of those we love, and try to get through hours. Remember that human beings have an incredible capacity to overcome adversity. In the aftermath of 9-11, we saw that once the immediate threat had subsided, many people were able to re-engage in their activities and find ways to heal in their communities. This will happen again, but only with time. … [Read more...] about What Is Post-Traumatic Growth and Coping in a Pandemic?
The other challenge with the term “screen time” is that we tend to measure success in terms of reducing minutes per day or hours per week. While a helpful baseline, this doesn’t help us understand when, where, and how kids use screens, something that shapes outcomes in profound ways. For example, my child might have less screen time overall, but if they are up all night texting with friends, they aren’t likely to see much benefit. … [Read more...] about Why Reducing Screen Time Isn’t Your Best Resolution
Creativity arises from ill-defined or open-ended problems. If a task poses a question with a specific set of steps required to answer it, there is no space for creativity. Not all tasks or learning goals are equally well suited for learning about creativity and developing creativity. There is certainly a place to keep children busy, especially if you are working from home and need to create times of uninterrupted work. Kits and mail in boxes of activities can be helpful. Children might learn important skills from them: how to follow directions, how to organize their materials, and systematically work on a project from beginning to end. However, these kits will not contribute to developing children’s creativity, even when they sound like they could. … [Read more...] about Creativity at Home in the Time of Pandemic